Interview with Linus Locke

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Hearing people tell me about their favorite characters. I want to make each character feel as if they are the main character, and that shows when people tell me that they really enjoyed a certain character. I have readers who say that a certain character is so much like them. I also love having readers tell me that they were a little upset that I killed off their favorite character.
What are you working on next?
Right now I am working on the squeal to Decay: Civilization. It still has a long way to go. There is one main story and a side story that we are following now, and the hardest part is making both equally important. I don't want the side story to feel like a side story. If I can't pull it off then I'll have to scrap it and start over because I don't want anything to feel cheap or padded. Every aspect of the world I've created with Decay: is important to me not only as the writer, but as a reader.
Who are your favorite authors?
Stephen King. I find almost everything he does to be brilliant. I remember watching the T.V movies based on his work before I could really read anything he wrote and just being scared out of my mind. Douglas Adams is another one of my favorite authors. His stories are so funny and imaginative that I believe he may be underrated by some people.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My family. I love spending time with my kids. They can really brighten my day and I do what I can to brighten theirs. Also, I don't like the idea of wasting my life by sleeping too much, as much as I do love to sleep.
What is your writing process?
I guess I don't know the best way to describe my writing process. I'm not sure how other authors write. I do know that I can't plan ahead. When I first started Decay: Civilization I tried writing an outline for it. Nothing I planned for worked. When I gave up on that and just let the story come together on its own is when it really became a great story. I guess in a way I am along for the ride as much as the readers are.

There were a few scenes that I was completely lost while writing them. Then a chapter later it all came around on its own and became something truly amazing.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The story behind Decay: Civilization is how I believe a zombie apocalypse would happen - if it was going to happen. Medical research has brought us a long way. People are living much longer. We have organ transplants and prosthetic limbs. These advances in medical science leads a group of researchers to try and bring a person back to life. It works, of course, but with disastrous results.

Survivors come together and try to learn about what happened to cause the outbreak. Their stories are what is truly unique about the novel. Each character has a back story and a purpose. This story really stands out.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small town in Iowa. I don't want to give away too many things that will play a part in future projects, but I have plans for some of the sites I grew up with. I have noticed that we have a way of speaking here that is different from the rest of the country, and that will be present in the future.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I like to spend my time at the beach. Living in Iowa makes this tough, but we vacation in California when we can. The Santa Monica pier has been one of my favorite places to be. I also enjoy the flea markets in California. They are really a great time.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing at a young age. School projects and things like that. I didn't find myself really writing until the last few years. I thought I was a good writer, than I took a writing class in college. Now I know I wasn't that great, but I am a much better writer now. I wanted to write in high school, which I'm glad never happened. I was immature and would have sworn far too much for anything I wrote to be enjoyable.
What do your fans mean to you?
The fans mean everything to me. I know everyone says that, but I found it to be true. I love hearing about the characters I've created. That is the biggest thing I hear from fans. I recently put another writing project on hold because the fans of Decay: are wanting more of the story. I have other things to write, but because the fans mean so much I am willing to set that off to the side and focus on bringing the readers the best zombie experience possible.
Published 2014-06-07.
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Mireside Hollow
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,940. Language: English. Published: November 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
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Rot: Island
Price: Free! Words: 12,120. Language: English. Published: June 4, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead
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